We are now back from our 4 day trip which we thoroughly enjoyed. We travelled from Yorkshire on a National Holidays break. Our journey down was uneventful and we had a film to watch on the way down which passed the time. We left home at approx 8:00 a.m. and arrived at our hotel after 2 stops at approx 5:30 p.m. We stayed in a lovely hotel - Shanklin Beach Hotel - on the front. Review in process of being done. We had a full tour around the island the next day on the coach and visited all the well known spots. Somewhere I would thoroughly recommend for a cream tea is Warren Farm at Alum Bay. This is recommended by The Guardian in their Top 10 places for cream teas. Their website is farmhousecreamteas.co.uk. The second day we met up with a friend who came over from the mainland and spent the day in Shanklin visiting the old village and various parks not to mention a few pubs including The Fishermans Cottage and also another cream tea on the way round. The next day we left for home at 8:00 a.m. and arrived home at approx 6:00 p.m. It is over 40 years since I visited the IOW and I couldn't remember very much. Alum Bay has definately changed though, it was very unspoilt and uncommercialised when we first visited but we enjoyed our walk up to The Needles. We will definately go back again, hopefully next year, and do it as a walking holiday as there are so many fantastic walks and a very good bus service.